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Yusuf Bey IV grew up in prominent yet troubled bakery

Yusuf Bey IV grew up in a bakery that was both prominent and troubled.

Bailey suspects, associates left behind $6 million trail of bad loans

Within 15 months, Yusuf Bey IV and seven associates got at least 19 loans totaling more than $6 million from 10 different lenders to buy 12 houses in Oakland, Richmond, Hayward and Antioch, according to the Alameda County district attorney, bankruptcy court records and real estate documents.

Security business at Marriott earns praise

UD Security Services, which provides security for the Marriott Hotel and convention center in downtown Oakland, was founded by members of Your Black Muslim Bakery, but it has operated entirely separate from the bakery since 2004, according to company employees and hotel management.

Two years later: The Chauncey Bailey slaying

Two years later: The Chauncey Bailey slaying

OAKLAND – Two years ago, when Devaughndre Broussard gunned down journalist Chauncey Bailey, he did it in exchange for a chance at becoming rich, he later told prosecutors. Yusuf Bey IV, the then 21-year-old CEO of Your Black Muslim Bakery, told Broussard that he’d teach him and cohort Antoine Mackey the secrets of creating bogus credit reports and fraudulent loan applications that would bring them hundreds of thousands of dollars, Broussard said.

Bakery CEO wanted journalist Bailey’s source killed

The Your Black Muslim Bakery CEO pondered killing his brother-in-law because he was giving information to journalist Chauncey Bailey about the bakery, according to a transcript of grand jury testimony. But Yusuf Bey IV backed off ordering Ali Saleem Bey killed because he didn’t want to anger his older sister, Saleem Bey’s wife, according to the testimony in April by Devaughndre Broussard, the confessed killer of Bailey.

Two defendants plead not guilty in Oakland journalist slaying case; 800 pages of testimony ordered released

OAKLAND — A judge on Thursday afternoon refused to impose a gag order on lawyers and others involved in the Chauncey Bailey murder case and also ordered the release of 800 pages of grand jury testimony. Also Thursday, Bey IV and Mackey each pleaded not guilty to triple murder charges.

Man convicted of killing Don Bolles dies in prison

Max Dunlap, convicted of masterminding the car-bomb assassination of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles, died Tuesday at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Tucson, according to a Department of Corrections spokesperson.

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery associate arrested in Missouri

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery associate arrested in Missouri

Ajuwon Fardjamaal Muhammad, 25, a former Your Black Muslim Bakery associate wanted in two California counties, has been arrested in St. Louis. Muhammad is wanted in Alameda County for his alleged role in the New Year’s Eve beating of an East Oakland man; he’s charged with battery with serious bodily injury and criminal threats. He also currently faces two counts of receiving stolen property in San Joaquin County.

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery matriarch to lose real-estate license

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery matriarch to lose real-estate license

Esperanza Johnson, a former Your Black Muslim Bakery matriarch who left a trail of dubious real-estate deals from Antioch to Oakland, will have her real-estate broker’s license revoked effective today after a judge found she’s not “sufficiently honest” to keep it. (Johnson, at left, pictured in 2007 Oakland Tribune photo.)

Another plea in kidnap case tied to Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV

Another plea in kidnap case tied to Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV

Yusuf Bey V, half brother of the jailed leader of the former Your Black Muslim Bakery, has pleaded guilty to helping kidnap two women in 2007 and agreed to testify against another defendant in the case, a prosecutor said Thursday. Bey V will testify against Richard Lewis but will not take the stand against his half brother, Yusuf Bey IV. The deal has Bey V receiving a 10-year sentence.

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